This review originally appeared on KTKA-TV and KSNT-TV, Kansas First News.
Your ability to accept or not accept convenient plot devices and the ultimate sports movie formula will absolutely color your opinion of “Warrior.” A high-school teacher facing foreclosure on his family home and a haunted Iraq vet enter the same mixed martial arts tournament, not for the love of the game, but because they need the money.
Each has a different reasoning behind it, but both are still dealing with the fallout of their formerly alcoholic and abusive father, played by Nick Nolte. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention they’re brothers? Since the whole movie ends with a long fighting tournament, I’m going to guess you know who ends up in that.
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are very convincing, even though they’re navigating the most contrived screenplay of the year by far.
As a family drama, the movie works a little better, even when you can see where it’s going a mile away. As a sports drama, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before—it’s just more of it. In this age of over-the-top movies, throw-in-the-kitchen-sink movies, I guess two Rockys are better than one, right?
For a more in-depth print review of “Warrior” from Eric, click here.